Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life.
To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America’s powerful president and influential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved Gampy and Ganny, who taught her about respect, humility, kindness, and living a life of passion and meaning—timeless lessons that continue to guide her.
In Midland, Texas, Jenna’s maternal grandparents, Harold and Jenna Welch—Pa and Grammee—a home builder and homemaker, lived a quieter life outside the national spotlight. Yet their influence was no less indelible to their granddaughter. Throughout Jenna’s childhood and adolescence, the Welches taught her the name of every star in the sky, the way a dove uses her voice—teaching her to appreciate the beauty in the smallest things.
Now the mother of three young children, Jenna pays homage to her grandparents in this collection of heartwarming, intimate personal essays. Filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable stories, Everything Beautiful in Its Time captures the joyous and bittersweet nature of life itself. Jenna reflects on the single year in which she and her family lost Barbara and George H. W. Bush, and Jenna Welch. With the light, self-deprecating charm of the bestselling Sisters First—cowritten with her twin sister, Barbara—Jenna reveals how they navigated this difficult period with grace, faith, and nostalgic humor, uplifted by their grandparents’ sage advice and incomparable spirits.
In this moving book, Jenna remembers the past, cherishes the present, and prepares for the future—providing a wealth of anecdotes and lessons for her own children and all of us. Poignant and humorous, intimate and sincere, Everything Beautiful in Its Time is a warm and wonderful celebration of the enduring power of family and an exploration of the things that truly matter most.
“As long as I’m alive, my grandparents will not be forgotten. . . . I hear their voices in the letters they sent me and in my memories. They offer comfort, support, and guidance, and I will listen to them always.”
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this intimate memoir, former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager shares deeply personal insights about her late grandparents, former President and First Lady George and Barbara Bush, as well as her mom’s folks, Harold and Jenna Welch. The differences between her two ancestral branches, the political power couple and the middle-class West Texas clan, were eclipsed by their shared love of family. We loved reading about how George and Barbara were forever in love, continuing to send each other romantic notes and hold hands under the dinner table even toward the ends of their lives. The TODAY Show host also shares glimpses of the flaws that made her famous grandparents so endearingly human, such as Barbara’s lifelong insecurity about her appearance. Bush Hager celebrates the joys of a close-knit family and reflects on forging close bonds with her own kids—we found it hard not to smile at the images of Jenna and her daughters dancing around the kitchen to Taylor Swift while making breakfast. Heartfelt details like this fill every page with generosity and warmth. We have little doubt that her grandparents would be proud.
In this charming memoir, Bush Hager (Sisters First), cohost of Today with Hoda & Jenna, pays tribute to her prominent family, particularly her grandparents. Bush Hager describes growing up in two presidential families: when she and her twin sister were toddlers, they "got in trouble" when Secret Service agents rescued them from a 10-foot seawall after they'd escaped from their cribs while visiting the Maine home of their grandfather, "Gampy" President George H.W. Bush. Bush Hager's memoir is rife with charming anecdotes: dancing in her prom dress with her father (President George W. Bush) after her date jilted her, discussing books and cats with her "southern lady" mother Laura, and squabbling with her beloved sister Barbara (the author might punch, but her twin had "strong nails and wasn't afraid to use them"). Bush Hager recounts the period in which she lost both Bush grandparents, as well as her namesake Jenna Welch ("She wasn't loud and she didn't boast, but she was proud of her life and her family"). She also paints a vivid picture of strong and devoted matriarch Barbara Bush ("More than once, I have looked at my grandmother and thought, This woman is invincible"). This endearing memoir brings readers deep into the heart of a family that many may feel they already know well. Bush's fans will delight in these intimate, funny remembrances.
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